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Creative Abilities

Creative Abilities is a private company based on the North Shore with a dedicated group of people who work alongside people with physical and intellectual impairment. The Creative Abilities Leisure Centre on the North Shore offers a range of activities enabling everyone to have the opportunity to get involved. There is a timetable of activities covering swimming, sports, social Boccia, craft, computers, baking and more. Contact details on their website or call 09 444 0608.

Flourishing Friendships!

Flourishing Friendships is a social, friendship and dating organisation for all people over the Age of 18. They welcome all people from all walks of life, culture, diversity and disability.

If you want to:

  • Make new friends
  • Have fun with like-minded others
  • Make a potential romantic connection

Individuals can look at Flourishing Friendships as a partner on the road to independence, social growth and finding that special someone.

IHC Friendship and Skill-Based Programme

Friendship Programme

IHC’s volunteer friendship programme is about making a positive change in your life and gaining a new friend in the process. It is about spending time doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, with a volunteer from IHC. The relationship is one-to-one. This means you spend time with only one person, so you both to get to know each other. You and the volunteer choose how you spend your time. It could be taking the dog for a walk, seeing a movie, or going to a café for a coffee. It is not time specific. There is choice. There is flexibility. The emphasis is on being out in the community having fun – together.

Skill based programme

The skill-based programme is about developing a friendship and working together with a volunteer toward achieving a goal. We’ll pair you up with someone with similar interests then work out a step by step plan working toward achieving a goal. You will meet with them either weekly or fortnightly for a couple of hours to build up skills – hopefully you‘ll have a few laughs at the same time! Goals you could achieve include, learning to access public transport independently, joining a sports team or other fitness options, cooking, social media use, using a cell phone or camera, extra support when starting a volunteer role or even joining a singing group!

If interested please email Lisa Diggins IHC Volunteer Coordinator or phone 021 244 2686.

New Dawn Partnership

Milford, North Shore

New Dawn Partnership is a day programme for adults (21yrs+) with physical and intellectual disabilities. They provide a high quality community participation day programme that values the individual, supporting them to thrive, grow, and contribute. They have several different programs including music, art, health and fitness, community out reach, and many more.

For general inquiries, email or phone 09 486 4869.

PAT: Pet Assisting Therapy

Pets Assisting Therapy (PAT) is a mobile animal therapy company, throughout Auckland, Bringing animals to visit you at you rest home, birthday party or event.


Baby Music group and Music and Fun playgroup (central Auckland)

Baby Music Group is a playgroup for babies with special needs age 0-18 months. This group provides an opportunity for the babies to enjoy music and developmental activities with their parents/caregivers in a supportive environment with retired paediatric therapists. It also gives parents/carers a chance to meet and talk with other parents with young babies.
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Music & Fun playgroup

Giving children 18 months to 5 with special needs and their parents/carers the chance to play and socialise in a fun and supportive environment. Every second Wednesday of the month, not during school holidays. Run by Margaret Davidson, retired neuro-developmental therapist and Marjorie Blakeley, retired speech-language therapist. For more information contact email Margaret.
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PHAB has 16 clubs, three different age ranges, that meet weekly throughout greater Auckland. PHAB is a constructive support network, they mentor and foster leadership among all their members. They have people, disabled and non-disabled, working together at every level of the organisation.

Sibling Support


Parent to Parent New Zealand delivers a programme, which supports the specific needs of siblings who have brothers and sisters with a disability, health impairment or special need. The aim of the programme is to provide siblings with an experience that will assist them to cope with the challenges and stresses of living with a brother or sister who has a disability. Siblings develop their own support network, through sharing and making friends with others who understand.

UBU Playgroup: For Our Kids With a Difference

Parents and caregivers are welcome to come along, connect and support one another at this pre-schoolers playgroup, with a focus on our children with extra needs. The group runs every Monday at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. Ph: 378 4908 for more information.